Dubai is a bustling metropole which never sleeps. For travelers it’s important to be close to the heart of the city and to have the best views at the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world. But at the same time it’s nice to have a relaxing place with delicious food options to return after an exhausting day. The Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai covers it all! This is my hotel review about our stay:
Shangri-La Dubai Review
Located in Dubais International Financial Centre, the Shangri-La is located just some minutes away from the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. Due to this amazing location, the views from most rooms and from other hotel areas like the pools or the terrace are absolutely mind blowing!
Taxis are waiting in front of the hotel all day long so it’s easy to get a quick ride to the Burj Khalifa instead of walking in the midday heat. If you wanna take the train to a more remote area then you can find the train station just a quick walk away from the hotel.
Even though the Shangri-La is located very central it’s just a 15 mins taxi ride away from the international airport DXB.
Walking in the Lobby you instantly step into the elegant world of Shangri-La combined with Arabic elements. The Lobby Lounge is the ideal place to relax or meet up with clients. My favorite part about it was definitely the amazing selection of cakes they offer for an afternoon tea – which is just perfect for a sweets lover like me!
Deluxe Burj Khalifa View Room
With all together 302 rooms and suites the Shangri-La Dubai offers different room categories for families or couples. Not all rooms have a view at the Burj Khalifa so make sure to book the Deluxe Burj Khalifa View Room if you wanna admire the tallest building in the world right from your sofa. The higher the floor the better the view! We had our room at level 35 of all together 42 floors.
The Rooms are very spacious with a cozy bed, a desk and a sofa at your window with Burj Khalifa view! The interior is timeless and elegant with many wooden details. The bathroom is also very spacious with a shower and bathtub.
All deluxe rooms are equipped with many amenities you could possibly need during your stay and with a boiler with a great selection of tea and instant coffee.
Spa & Pools
CHI, The Spa
The Shangri-La Dubai is like an oasis in the middle of this bustling metropolis. The Spa Area CHI is the perfect place to unwind and calm down. The massages and treatments are inspired by Asian natural healing methods. I had a one hour full body massage and felt completely renewed afterwards. Spa Facilities like steam rooms and saunas can be used after your treatment free of charge.
Due to the current situation all massage therapist and guests have to wear their masks during the treatments so everyone can feel safe.
Health Club & Indoor Pool
Located on the 42th floor with an incredible view over the Financial Centre and the Burj Khalifa is the Gym located as well as the indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. Thats definitely an incredible place to work out or simply to refresh in the cool pool.
Outdoor Pool Area
No matter if you want to soak in the warm Arabian sun or to relax in the shadow while sipping a fresh cocktail, the outdoor pool area of the Shangri-La is the ideal place for a lazy day. Beside the main pool with pool bar you’ll find a kids basin and hot jacuzzi. It gets quite busy during the day but in view to the current situation all sun loungers are located at least 2m from each other to keep distance.
We loved to come down to the pool for a swim before breakfast and to enjoy the lovely view of the Burj Khalifa right from the water.
As you may already have noticed in my hotel review: The Shangri-La Dubai is all about incredible views. That’s why it’s a famous location for photographers and Instagrammers just like myself. If you wanna get the iconic shot, head up to the 42th floor and you will see two terraces with the famous Burj Khalifa view. I especially loved the sight right after sunset when all the lights started to blink and the city get’s a surreal atmosphere!
Private Dining with a view
If you’re maybe planning your Dubai visit for a special occasion like an anniversary, birthday or engagement, I can highly recommend you to book a private dining at the 42th floor. The Shangri-La team will arrange a beautiful individual setup on the right terrace which will be reserved just for you. Especially a sunset dinner or private breakfast will definitely be an unforgettable memory! Sitting on top of Dubai, eating pancakes and overlooking the tallest building in the world was an absolute “Pinch me!” moment that I’ll never forget!
Breakfast & Restaurants
Main Restaurant Dunes Café
Dunes Café is the all day dining restaurant of the Shangri-La with an elegant design and a lovely terrace to sit in the shadow. Breakfast is served daily until 11 am at the buffet with a great selection of international, Asian and Arabic dishes. Due to Covid-19 the items of the buffet can’t be taken by yourself but will be served by one of the staff members to avoid close contact of the food with many people. Additionally you can order fresh egg dishes which will be served to your table.
The Shang Palace
Our favorite restaurant of the Shangri-La Dubai is the Shang Palace with an authentic traditional Chinese cuisine. We tried different starters which all have been amazing! Their signature dish is crispy Peking duck which will be cut right at your table and served with several sauces, cucumber and spring onions to wrap them in traditional pancakes. It’s one of our all time favorite dishes and we have been amazed by the quality here at the Shang Palace! Make sure you don’t miss this incredible restaurant when you’re in Dubai – it’s also open for non hotel guests.
The third restaurant serves Vietnamese delights and traditional dishes like summer rolls, Pho soup or Banh Mi. Make sure you don’t miss the evening Khai Vi Brunch and enjoy a selection of all their dishes from appetizers to desserts every Friday and Saturday from 7-11 pm.
The Shangri-La Dubai is one of the best hotels in the city! The combination of the incredible hospitality, ideal location, amazing dining possibilities and of course the mind-blowing views make it to the perfect accommodation for a sunny holiday or business trip. You will have an amazing stay for sure!
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